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June 17th, 2013

AVAST welcomes secure.me users to blog, Facebook, and Twitter

secureme_by_avastAVAST welcomes all secure.me users to our blog, Facebook page, and Twitter feed, where you can learn the latest about social media privacy from your favorite secure.me team members.

In the coming weeks, secure.me will be fully integrated into AVAST and even get a new name, but you will still enjoy the safe and carefree online experience that you have grown to appreciate. If anything, it will be enhanced through the joint powers of AVAST and secure.me.

We invite you to continue your relationship with secure.me here on AVAST. Become an AVAST fan, follower, and blog reader to stay informed about the latest in security and privacy.  As you make the transition with us, we ask that you take a look around, and give our famous avast! Free Antivirus or one of our premium paid products, avast! Pro Antivirus, avast! Internet Security, or avast! Premier a try. You can compare products here, and look for deals at the avast! Store.

Thank you and welcome to AVAST!

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June 14th, 2013

How to change the voices in avast! Antivirus

How_toQuestion of the week: Is it possible to change the woman’s voice to a man’s in AVAST?

One of the most commented upon features of avast! Antivirus is the female voice of our notifications. The familiar message AVAST virus database has been updated is heard by nearly 200 million AVAST users around the world every day, and has been described as “sexy” and “comforting.”  But you don’t have to stick with the standard voice – you have a variety of choices for the AVAST voice.

Visit the avast! Voices tab on our Facebook page and you can choose from different languages or a variety of themes including Pirate, Redneck, or Bengal Tiger. Listen first, and then download your choice. Change as often as you like.

And for those of you who need some silence, here are directions to disable the notifications you don’t want to hear.

Read how California-girl, Aubrey Anthony, got to be the voice of AVAST notification messages in our blog.

June 11th, 2013

Browser Toolbars – almost malware?

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by Thomas Salomon, head of AVAST Software ‘s German Software Development team

In a previous blog post we wrote about the statistics from avast! Browser Cleanup. These statistics have become even worse:

  • More than 1,000,000 (one million!) browser add-ons are available for the three main browsers
  • More than 82% of all add-ons have a bad or very bad rating from our user community
  • Two thirds of all add-ons in our database are from only three companies
  • We see around 30,000 new add-ons per day of which 90% have a bad or very bad rating

As we can easily see the numbers are still rising. It’s now time to share some more details about the bad add-ons we’ve noticed so far. Read more…

June 10th, 2013

avast! SecureLine makes free WiFi safer

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This summer, lots of us will be chilling out by the pool at hotels around the world,  surfing the Internet and checking email. Along with a burger and fries, 11,500 McDonalds are now serving up free WiFi so customers can access the Internet using their laptops, smartphones, or tablets at no charge. You can sip a refreshing iced mocha at Starbucks and access free WiFi with no subscription required, no password, and no time limit.

This trend is expanding to more restaurants, cafes and hotels globally, and people are using it. AVAST conducted a survey of our global users and more than 340,000 people responded. Half of PC users in the US (50%) connect via public WiFi, and worldwide, 46% use unsecured open WiFi. Read more…

June 6th, 2013

Facebook virus empties bank accounts

ZeuS Trojan

A dangerous Trojan named ZeuS is making its way among Facebook users. This old Trojan horse has infected millions of computers over the years, stealing banking credentials and other personally identifiable information. Zeus can lie dormant on infected computers until the unsuspecting victim logs into their bank’s website. Once you’re logged in, cybercrooks can steal your log in credentials and empty your account without your knowledge.

The virus is spread through phishing messages either from a funny or shocking video from a friend posted on their page or in a message to you, or through an ad for videos or products. If you click the link to watch the video, a notification will say that you need to update the player. When you click update, you are actually downloading the Trojan. Clicking the Play button automatically gives your “Like” to the virus page, and it’s through this action that the link will spread to all of your friends.

All avast! Antivirus products detect and block Zeus if a user tries to install or run the .exe file, but the best way to protect yourself is to avoid it! avast! SafeZone is recommended for safe banking, financial transactions, and shopping online. It gives you a private, secure, and isolated desktop which keeps you safe from keyloggers like the ZeuS Trojan. avast! SafeZone is available in avast! Pro, avast! Internet Security, and avast! Premier.

 

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June 5th, 2013

avast! BeFree photo contest winners

We are pleased to announce the winners of the avast! Be Free photo contest. Entrants were asked to submit an original photo interpreting what the Avast slogan “Be Free” means to them. We received everything from brave adventurers jumping out of planes to friends enjoying a day at the carnival to smiling dogs. The winners not only had to gain votes, but had to successfully show the Avast Marketing Department that they knew what it was to be free.

This infographic displays our top 8 winners playing, exploring and enjoying life. We were happy to see so many entrants from Brazil, the United States, and India, but also delighted to hear from fans in places as diverse as Martinique, Kosovo, and Kuwait. Thank you for inviting your friends to participate as well – nearly 93,000 invitations were sent on Facebook.


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June 4th, 2013

For Your Satisfaction – Android:Satfi-A [Trj]

We all have our favorite apps for all the things we do. I use Shazam when I don’t know what song is playing, Maps when I’m lost, FlightRadar24 when I’m curious about the plane flying over my head. These apps are there for my satisfaction; they meet some need.

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Each of us have different needs and desires. Apps like SatsFiU Player take advantage of that.  Wherever you got this app from, it’s not from the Google Play Store. This app will try to satisfy both your and its developer’s desires.

SafsFiU Player is an app that might come in handy, when you need to be entertained, in an “adult way,” if you know what I mean. For the ones that don’t get it or don’t believe what I’m talking about it, I’ll be clear -  it’s an app that plays pornographic movies. There is the standard “catch” which almost every malicious app for android has. In this case, the catch most visible is that it allows the developer to remotely control your phone, in a particular way. The most distressing part is that he can tell your phone to send an SMS to a given number, potentially premium-rated.

Yes, it’s a win-win situation. Kindof. You’ll be pleased by what you see, he’ll be pleased by the money he gets and the information sent from your phone. Read more…

June 4th, 2013

New High School and College Grads – Read This!

Social media profiles affects college admission, job searches, and careers

career endingA 24-year-old high school teacher in Georgia, USA, lost her job after an anonymous e-mailer complained about a Facebook picture of her sipping wine and drinking beer while on vacation in Europe. An Arizona woman was fired after ranting on Facebook when she was passed over for a job promotion. An 18-year-old Buckingham Palace guard was fired after he called Kate Middleton a ‘stupid stuck up cow’ in a Facebook post. A star high school football recruit lost his scholarship to the University of Michigan because of vulgar tweets.

By now, you know that you should not reveal personal information to strangers or on your Facebook profiles, and that you should utilize the privacy settings on social networking sites.  You also need to be careful with what you are posting online because potential employers or college admission officers could be looking at your page.

A newly published report tells us that 1 in 10 people between ages 16 and 34 have been turned down for a new job because of photos or comments on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest, and other social networking sites. “The majority (two-thirds) are not concerned that their use of social media now, may harm their future career prospects and are not deterred from using it,” states ondevice research,  “They are also more likely to have altered their social media profile to look good to their friends, as opposed to prospective employers.”

 

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If you can’t live without social networking, especially Facebook, during your job search, use it to your advantage.

  • Give your profile a makeover. Prune old posts to highlight what’s great about you instead of what you ate for lunch in 2010. Either delete or restrict the view to images and albums that don’t show you in your best light. Get a handle on tagged photos by setting ‘Review Posts Friends Tag You in Before They Appear on Your Timeline.’
  • Build a compelling professional profile. Show off your strengths and accomplishments. To keep it personal as well as professional, add interests, hobbies, volunteering, educational information, and professional pictures.
  • Follow and engage with companies and career–related groups on LinkedIn and Twitter so you’ll know about company hires and other news.
  • Add value to the company you are interested in by participating in conversations, answering questions, and sharing links. Make sure you use solid grammar and communication skills.

If your Facebook profile is beyond help, then consider deactivating it for a time. The deactivation option gives you the flexibility to leave and come back whenever you want. Select Account Settings>Click Security in the left-hand column>Click Deactivate your account.

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